28 November 2012

Liberia Hosts Global Forum On Conflict, Fragility

As global consultations to shape the world's future development vision gain momentum, a forum on conflict and fragility with a focus on Africa takes place in Liberia 29-30 November 2012.

Being co-hosted by the Governments of Liberia and Finland, this event is the latest United Nations-led thematic consultation calling for input from a wide cross-section of society on how issues concerning disasters, conflict and citizens' security can be integrated into a new universal development framework.

Conflict, violence and disaster risks are widely recognized as significant obstacles to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in many developing countries, a release from the UNDP said.

The Monrovia consultation which takes place at the Golden Gate Hotel is designed to mobilize global consensus on the importance of accounting for peace and security in the successor development framework by addressing the inter-relationship between armed conflict, fragility, organized violence, disaster and sustainable development.

The two-day Monrovia meeting is expected to explore possible goals, targets and indicators that will help to account for peace, security and fragility; as well as strengthen a global coalition of partners to advocate for a deeper understanding of the impact of conflict, violence and fragility in the post-2015 development agenda.

Drawn from all continents, the participants are from governments, civil society, youth organizations, traditional leaders, women and faith-based organizations, the private sector, foundations, trade unions, academics, international organizations and the media.

Liberia's President is one of three co-chairs of the High-level panel, alongside Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia.

The United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), the UN Peace-building Support Office (PBSO), the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are leading the call for input on issues related to conflict and fragility, supported by the Government of Finland.

Ahead of the 2015 target date for the MDGs, global consultations on 11 themes - including governance, inequalities, health, education, and conflict and fragility - are part of an unprecedented open and inclusive process. Global thematic consultations will be complemented by national dialogues with governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and other stakeholders staged in at least 50 developing countries.

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